COACHING CONVERSATIONS: JASON SUTTON ON MENTORING
coaching conversation on mentoring with Jason Sutton
While attending the 2013 PGA Coaching Summit and Merchandise Show, I had the privilege of meeting several of my coaching heroes. A few of them even indulged me in conversations on how to continue to develop my coaching skills. 100% of them cited their mentors as the main contributor to their success.
With the topic of mentoring on my mind, I was fortunate to spend some time with Jason Sutton and Adam Ohsberg who demonstrated the ideal mentoring relationship in action.
Jason (aka the Golf Guru) is the Director of Instruction at Carmel Country Club and has extensive experience on both sides of the mentoring relationship. He was accompanied by his protege at Carmel Country Club, Adam Ohsberg. Adam, an expert coach in his own right (2012 US Kids Top 50 Teacher), provides great perspective on what it’s like to be on the receiving end of expert mentoring.
In the videos below, I have broken our conversation into 3 brief parts. During our conversation, we discuss:
- What effective mentoring should look like
- How to identify and reach out to a mentor
- Action steps to get started with a mentor
PART 1 THE MODEL
PART 2 FIND A MENTOR
PART 3 ACTION STEPS
From my time with Adam and Jason, I learned that that all the books, certifications, and seminars will only get you so far.
The bespoke advice that an invested mentor can provide is critical in the continuos progress towards coaching expertise.
And there has to be passion on both sides– Jason is engaged in Adam’s development and receives genuine satisfaction when he succeeds. Likewise, Adam is the passionate and respectful initiator of the relationship. And Adam does his part to make sure Jason is achieving his goals. Their mentoring relationship is mutually beneficial.
Thanks to Adam (@golfsenseipga) and Jason (@golfgurutv) for taking the time to discuss such a critical topic for coaches. If you don’t already, go follow them immediately on twitter for more valuable coaching insights.
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